About Us

We are organisations and individuals with strategic interests in participatory arts, including community arts, socially engaged arts, voluntary arts, and arts in education and learning. We come together as ArtWorks Alliance to help participatory arts in the UK become better.

We Work With

  • Arts organisations and artists with participatory practices
  • Higher and further education, trainers
  • Researchers, policy-makers
  • Organisations in social and criminal justice, education, health
  • Anyone influencing or influenced by participatory arts

Our Mission

Better participatory arts

Our Knowledge Bank

A wealth of research, case studies and evaluations making the case authoritatively for participatory arts and artists. All available for free.

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We are a powerful force in the development of participatory arts. Join in and you can also influence the shape of participatory arts in the UK.

About Us

We are a network of organisations and individuals with a passion for participatory arts and an understanding that working together to strengthen support for those working in the field will bring benefits for everyone involved.

Coming together as ArtWorks Alliance enables us to do more – more swiftly – to develop participatory arts than we can each achieve on our own. We can support better both the organisations delivering participatory arts and the artists working in the field, leading to higher quality experiences for participants.

Our work is ambitious and far-sighted. Find out more about us here and explore the different ways you can join in

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We’ve been supported by…

ArtWorks Alliance was initiated with funding from Paul Hamlyn Foundation. It is currently collectively self-supported through member contributions to core costs on a ‘pay as you can’ basis, having received emergency funding from Arts Council England during 2020 through member Sound Sense.

ArtWorks: Developing practice in participatory settings was originally developed by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Our Knowledge Bank

ArtWorks Alliance has created a huge library of research materials, reports and other resources. These all feature in our Knowledge Bank which is fully searchable and being added to all the time – and its free to everyone to use.

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ArtWorks Cymru Quality Principles

Quality principles for intention, activity and people.

Author: ArtWorks Cymru

ArtWorks Scotland: Is this the best it can be?

Guidance and toolkit for delivering participatory arts.

Author: ArtWorks Scotland

Latest Resources

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Case Studies

Evaluations & Reports

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Latest

Research

Toolkits & Guidance

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Stitching Together: Good Practice Guidelines

Advice for facilitators of participatory textile making workshops and projects.

Author: Amy Twigger Holroyd and Emma Shercliff

Featured Resources

Latest Resources

All Resources

Case Studies

Evaluations & Reports

Featured

Latest

Research

Toolkits & Guidance

Videos

ArtWorks Cymru Quality Principles

Quality principles for intention, activity and people.

Author: ArtWorks Cymru

ArtWorks Scotland: Is this the best it can be?

Guidance and toolkit for delivering participatory arts.

Author: ArtWorks Scotland

All Resources

Case Studies

Evaluations & Reports

Featured

Latest

Research

Toolkits & Guidance

Videos

Stitching Together: Good Practice Guidelines

Advice for facilitators of participatory textile making workshops and projects.

Author: Amy Twigger Holroyd and Emma Shercliff

News & Views

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Now more than ever

Now more than ever

AWA member Roxane Permar from the University of the Highlands and Islands explores why we need MA courses for participatory artists now more than ever and proposes an archipelagic perspective for thinking about social art practice and higher education.

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Let’s focus on the future

Let’s focus on the future

Ben Vleminckx, Chief Executive of member Evolve Music, shares how they’re working with emerging and established music leaders on workforce development and invites you to contribute to the conversation about best practice.

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Historical parallels and contemporary considerations

Historical parallels and contemporary considerations

Amy Twigger Holroyd and Emma Shercliff, coordinators of the Stitching Together network, discuss the long history of participatory textile making projects and outline some of the benefits and challenges encountered when making textiles with others today.

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Let’s change our minds about change

Let’s change our minds about change

JoJo Spinks from Interwoven Productions CIC explores the Capability Approach for measuring quality of life from participatory arts work as a push back against prescribed outcomes such as improved health, wellbeing and environment.

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